The outgoing chief executive officer of Botswana Qualifications Authority (BQA), Abel Modungwa has refuted claims that he was pushed out of the organisation he led since inception in 2015.
This follows a shot at the government by National Amalgamated Local and Central Government and Parastatal Workers Union (NALCGPWU) representative, Motseothata Gopane for “terminating a good servant” in Modungwa during the latter’s farewell party. Gopane’s utterances cast suspicion that government had either terminated or opted out of renewing his contract, which Modungwa claims is not the case.
He said that his two-year contract at BQA had reached its end and he opted not to have it renewed.
“I left voluntarily as I feel I had played my part. I could have left when BQA was established in 2015 because I felt it was difficult for me to start an organisation replacing Botswana Training Authority (BOTA), which I led since inception in 2000. But after negotiations, we agreed on a short contract to lay the foundation, which I did,” he said.
Modungwa admitted that there was pressure on him, not just from the government, but also from Education and Training Providers (ETPs) and students.
“Sometimes ETPs would submit their stuff late and expect us to finish off quickly targeting sponsorships, but we had a problem of resources.
“Students demanded quality education from us and we also had our challenges in getting subject experts. Also the politicians would be worried about losing elections and present forward their wishes.
But in all these I remained resolute, fair and objective,” he said.
Modungwa said his integrity remained intact, as he has proudly survived numerous investigations instituted against him and his organisation by the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime and Directorate of Intelligence and Security.
He said he even thought the crime-busting agencies did not find any wrong by him, BQA carried out an audit last year, which led to the firing of two officers charged with misconduct. Two other employees received written warnings.
Modungwa has since quit his post to serve God full time. He is the acting general overseer of Holy Land International Ministries based in Metsimotlhabe.
He said this would not stop him from further helping in the development of education in different capacities.
“We have in the past hosted Zimbabweans, Namibians, South Africans who have since returned home, but for countries as far as DRC and Rwanda it takes a bit of time,” Tsiane said.
The media challenged the ministry asking why they claim not to be aware that the rejected asylum seekers fled the country with some of them already being granted refugee status in Namibia. The journalists went on to challenge Tsiane why she claimed that asylum seekers were not assaulted whilst they had medical records verifying that indeed they were.
The media also challenged government on the long processes it takes to grant asylum seekers refugee status and further took on government on claims of xenophobia.